Since the firm’s inception, Pryor Cashman’s litigators have been at the forefront of entertainment litigation, acting as counsel to a wide variety of clients on high profile and precedent-setting cases in all venues. We are nationally known to industry professionals and in the legal community as having one of the premier entertainment litigation practices in the country. We have represented nearly every major motion picture studio (as well as many independents), television and cable networks, music and book publishers, production companies, record companies, industry associations, producers and distributors, performers, entertainment industry executives, authors, personal managers and talent agencies.
Our litigators have obtained significant victories in every type of dispute that can arise in both the entertainment and media industries. Those victories have been achieved at trial in both state and federal courts as well as at arbitrations throughout the nation. Our record in the appellate courts is equally impressive as we have won some of the more significant entertainment appeals over the past few decades.
Pryor Cashman’s intellectual property litigators are widely recognized and have handled some of the most high-profile and, in many instances, landmark cases involving copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets, unfair competition, theft of ideas, patents, rights of privacy and publicity, and the Internet, as well as the related areas of antitrust and technology. In the digital arena, our litigators are on the cutting edge, handling cases and investigations involving the intersection of digital media and the protection and monetization of intellectual property.
Pryor Cashman’s litigators have represented numerous clients and have significant experience in representing production companies, studios and talent in resolving disputes involving profit participation, finance agreements and film delivery. We have also successfully litigated and arbitrated numerous cases throughout the country involving the licensing and distribution of motion picture, television and video rights and the scope of rights granted in connection therewith.
We have represented artists, managers, talent agencies and production companies in litigations and other disputes involving employment, personal services, management and agency contracts. Similarly, we have provided counsel to our entertainment clients in the areas of real estate, class actions and securities. During the past five years, our attorneys have also successfully represented several major music industry clients in a series of investigations initiated by the N.Y.S. Attorney General.
Pryor Cashman’s litigators, as well as other attorneys at our firm experienced in the fields of publishing and entertainment, regularly provide counseling to our entertainment clients on how to avoid litigation and other potential problems which might arise during the course of a production. We regularly review scripts and other creative material for our clients with a view to spotting potential issues and suggesting ways in which they can be avoided. In general, we are called upon regularly to analyze potential and complex legal issues and to evaluate litigation risks.
Some of our recent entertainment cases include:
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